ESPN Computer predicts the best NFL team for 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons in their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Buffalo Bills are the team to beat in 2022.

Seth Walder shared the updated offseason standings for all 32 teams. Buffalo leads the standings with a +9.4 rating, which means they should be 9.4 points better than the average NFL team on neutral ground.

Despite falling short to the Kansas City Chiefs in a thrilling second-round shootout, the Bills are garnering considerable excitement as early Super Bowl favorites.

They went 11-6 with the NFL’s highest point differential (+194) last season and bring back most of the anchors from last year with the addition of Von Miller.

Buffalo can validate this top position quickly, as the Bills open the season on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. The defending Super Bowl champions rank third (+7.7) behind the Green Bay Packers (8.8), who face the Bills in Week 7 and the Rams in Week 15.

Kansas City (7.6), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7.4) and Dallas Cowboys (7.2) are next after winning their division respectively in 2021. Although they missed the playoffs l Last year, the Los Angeles Chargers (+6.2) and Indianapolis Colts (+4.2) should improve after busy offseasons.

While the top teams aren’t too shocking, some fanbases may have a gripe with ESPN’s formula.

The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to be just a team above average (+1.1) in their defense of the AFC title. Last year’s No. 1 seed, the Tennessee Titans, follows them as the 17th-ranked team.

ESPN’s FPI also predicts a massive drop for the San Francisco 49ers, who trail the New York Giants and Detroit Lions after reaching the NFC Championship Game.